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Old 08-10-2008, 11:27 AM   #43
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And the SAGA continues....... Rebuilt the galley cabinent yesterday (didn't remove it- just rebuilt, reinforced, and replaced dry-rotted supports), new bed/couch wood, and new closet/cupboard frame. (will skin it Monday). Carrie is happy as she will gain a cutting board and one more cupboard for pots and pans... Pressure is mounting to be finished, as it is already scheduled to be "rented out" for my good friend's Elk trip....... (I'll use the Scamp for mine) Also, Carrie & my goal is to take it to the Grayland campout in the end of SEP. Larry
Where's the cutting board going to be?

So there's going to be a fridge in the upper forward spot on the passenger side? Sis has an icebox there.

On Sis' Compact, we hinged the two doors for the lower passenger-side cabinet at their bottom edges, so they drop flat on the floor when opened, and I put a false floor in the cabinet. That way she can pack two laundry baskets full o' stuff, then cart them out to the trailer and just slide them into place.
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Where's the cutting board going to be?

So there's going to be a fridge in the upper forward spot on the passenger side? Sis has an icebox there. Steve
Steve- No, no icebox or fridge.... If you look back at the picture, we added a 7 inch opening below (was wasted space before) that will have a drop down door and be for pots & pans. above that is the original 5 inch drawer. Then above that will be the cutting board (had to put it there to be waist high for the wench. Then above that where the ice box/fridge was, will be a pantry (for want of a better name) that will be vented to the outside via the side vent and the stack vent for the fridge. I'll insulate it a bit with that pink rigid styro. This will (I hope ) provide a cool place to store bread, etc that needs to stay cool. Yeah, I know it won't do this in hot weather, but we don't go to hot spots to camp.... And in the fall, early winter in hunting camps, should work.... Larry (besides, we like ice chests--more efficent storage space-- just throw it out the door when we park)
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Steve- No, no icebox or fridge.... If you look back at the picture, we added a 7 inch opening below (was wasted space before) that will have a drop down door and be for pots & pans. above that is the original 5 inch drawer. Then above that will be the cutting board (had to put it there to be waist high for the wench. Then above that where the ice box/fridge was, will be a pantry (for want of a better name) that will be vented to the outside via the side vent and the stack vent for the fridge. I'll insulate it a bit with that pink rigid styro. This will (I hope ) provide a cool place to store bread, etc that needs to stay cool. Yeah, I know it won't do this in hot weather, but we don't go to hot spots to camp.... And in the fall, early winter in hunting camps, should work.... Larry (besides, we like ice chests--more efficent storage space-- just throw it out the door when we park)
Okay, I see; I saw the vent holes and thought there'd be a fridge there. The pantry-and-ice chest scheme sounds interesting--load the ice chest inside the house, tote it out to the trailer. No unpacking and repacking. Hmmm.

On Sis' trailer, we eliminated the drawer under the icebox and put in a microwave. Of course, that presupposes you're going to camp where there's electricity...
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Okay, I see; I saw the vent holes and thought there'd be a fridge there. The pantry-and-ice chest scheme sounds interesting--load the ice chest inside the house, tote it out to the trailer. No unpacking and repacking. Hmmm.

On Sis' trailer, we eliminated the drawer under the icebox and put in a microwave. Of course, that presupposes you're going to camp where there's electricity...
Yeah-- we're "Boondockers"-- no provision for 120 volt or 12 volt in our Scamp-- prob won't be in the Compact either-- we don't miss it- just use LED puck lites and a couple LED lantrens. (and have a propane backup) Here's a couple pictures of the cutting board, drawer, storage shelf mockup. Also, my solution to the sagging popup--- fiberglassed in 1/2 inch square tubing contoured to the main roof.
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Cabinents are back in, refaced, doors-drawers repainted to a light sand color to complement the wood. It just keeps slowly going on..... Larry
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:44 AM   #48
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Cabinents are back in, refaced, doors-drawers repainted to a light sand color to complement the wood. It just keeps slowly going on..... Larry
I like your glassed-in reinforcements for the popup roof.

Are you fastening the interior cabinetry to the shell in any way?
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I like your glassed-in reinforcements for the popup roof.

Are you fastening the interior cabinetry to the shell in any way?
Steve--- only using the factory screw hole that were there-- If I remember correctly, two?, (I'll check tommorrow) and they are covered by the pop-up. And of course, to the deck by way of metal "L" brackets. The new closet-cupboard is solid enough to almost be free-standing by itself. Larry
later..... I just went and checked--make that 4-right below where the canvas attaches... no reason why they should leak, especially after being wrapped in butyl tape before installation... Larry
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SOme seriously nice work there, Larry!
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SOme seriously nice work there, Larry!
Along with a few mistakes we have managed to hide..... Roughed out the over head cabinents tonite... Carrie and I are spoiled, we refuse to pack a suitcase after putting overheads in the Scamp. will take them down and verathane them tommorrow, then rip the support ribs for them. Larry (oh, no doors on them, will use that black netting you find in car trunks and soccer mom vans to go over the front of them)
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Gosh, Larry, sure wish we could've stopped by on our way through. We got off "schedule" the first day and didn't get back on 'til...er...

We MAY make it to South Dakota to pick up DH next week...that's what drives us forward.

But I would love to have seen your work up close, gotten some pointers, and some ideas for our project. I've discovered some things I'd like to do with it from the inside out. I'm using our icebox as a pantry and it's quite convenient, though not vented at this point. Change One. There are a couple of minor leaks, one I think EYE created when I put mosquito-blockin' mesh behind the above-stove vent, the other a mystery at the front window which appears sealed and doesn't leak during a downpour if you're PARKED, but tends to leak a bit going down a very wet road. Change TWO and Three. I have to fix the drawers so they won't fall out when we pull them out. Change...er...losing count already. And I'd like to build some drawers into teh closet - one for each family member. We tossed in a plastic set we picked up in Washington - much easier than the stack of boxes we had, but hardly ideal!

The question still remains - what will happen to our Junior once we return home where we have nowhere to store it (homeowners association = no storage), and when DH wants to join us (we won't all fit, and by next summer the girls and I won't all fit).

Keep up your posts! Love the ideas!

OH! And how ARE you going to secure those overhead storage bins? GREAT idea!

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Along with a few mistakes we have managed to hide.....
There are always a few of those! Sometimes the secret to being a good craftsman is more knowing how to integrate, correct, or hide your mistakes than knowing how to avoid them in the first place.
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Gosh, Larry, sure wish we could've stopped by on our way through. We got off "schedule" the first day and didn't get back on 'til...er...

But I would love to have seen your work up close, gotten some pointers, and some ideas for our project. I've discovered some things I'd like to do with it from the inside out. I'm using our icebox as a pantry and it's quite convenient, though not vented at this point. Change One. There are a couple of minor leaks, one I think EYE created when I put mosquito-blockin' mesh behind the above-stove vent, the other a mystery at the front window which appears sealed and doesn't leak during a downpour if you're PARKED, but tends to leak a bit going down a very wet road. Change TWO and Three. I have to fix the drawers so they won't fall out when we pull them out. Change...er...losing count already. And I'd like to build some drawers into teh closet - one for each family member. We tossed in a plastic set we picked up in Washington - much easier than the stack of boxes we had, but hardly ideal!



Keep up your posts! Love the ideas!

OH! And how ARE you going to secure those overhead storage bins? GREAT idea!

Jen (in Bismarck, ND today)
YUP-- we would have enjoyed gossiping w/you.. Sounds like your window has a slight sealing problem-- betcha it's on the side rather than top. If you have an air compressor, use that to blow around the window w/someone inside (less messy than shooting water at it-otherwise high pressure water will find it)
Do your drawers have a U-shaped plastic guide on them? The factory installed a cheesy one that breaks real easy and then you just have a piece of plastic that acts as a slide.
Secure the overhead shelves? Flat aluminum strap from the bottom of shelf at prob 18" intervals and then bolted to the same little bolts/macnine screws that secure the canvas top. And then to hold the clothes in, netting, like the net catch alls that you see in car trunks and mini vans. (in fact that is what I am going to use- just gonna make a trip to the local wrecking yard and scrounge) Larry
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The painting has started...... Sanded the top this morning and so much GREEN showed through, I figured I'd better throw some paint on before Carrie saw it and wanted it to stay GREEN so she could call it "Kermit" --- she has this thing about Frogs.... Ask me why when you see me--- I can't tell the story here.... Interlux paint sure is interesting.... Guess I'd better go start making curtains tonite- time is getting short- planning on taking Compact to Grayland end of the month. Larry
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First coat of paint on trailer tonite-- gets second couple in a couple days after it cures... Interlux is sure wierd to work with.........(smells, too) Larry
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